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Brutal Truth

Formed: 1990
From: New York, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Brutal Truth News

Below is our complete Brutal Truth news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Cripple Bastards To Play Obscene Extreme Fest

Italy's Cripple Bastards has been confirmed for the upcoming Obscene Extreme Festival. The following press release was also issued about the appearance:

"You could say this is a 'grindcore hat-trick' as it is the third OEF appearance in 2014 for Italian hate mob Cripple Bastards after headlining the insane Obscene Extreme Asia in Tokyo and Obscene Extreme Australia in Melbourne earlier this year. But if you really want to see the Bastards play at home, then Obscene Extreme Trutnov is the grounds for the final massacre. They have been blasting the shit on stage since the festival's birth back in 1999 and raised the most infernal stage diving pits for countless times through the years that followed.

"26 years after their conception Cripple Bastards still hold the banner high as Italy's most hostile and aggressive grind/hardcore unit around. With one foot firmly in the past and all the vicious savagery of manic fast 80's hardcore extremity, Cripple Bastards are also charging forwards. With bloodshot eyes and a rabid 'get out and bite them' attitude, this band are ready to introduce their brand new 2014 full length 'Nero In Metastasi' on Relapse Records and they will consolidate their ongoing mission of bringing nihilistic, fuck-you-all, grinding hatred to every corner of an underserving mankind. Cripple Bastards will also be introducing for the first time ever on Trutnov's Battlefield their 5 piece line-up with new axeman Wild Vitto on second guitar which will only enhance their wall of hate/grind fury!"

The Obscene Extreme Festival 2014 will take place from July 16th - 20th, 2014, with full details available right here. The confirmed lineup includes the following bands: More...

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Brutal Truth To Play Obscene Extreme Fest

The Obscene Extreme festival will be taking place from July 16th - 20th, with ticket information available at this location. Now the festival has announced several new additions to the lineup, including Brutal Truth and Morgoth. The festival organizers comment:

"Few bands represent Obscene Extreme as fully as US grind legends Brutal Truth – they've weathered break-ups and line-up changes, but never once have they halted in their mission to keep pushing the bleeding edge of grindcore.

"Never complacent, each steamroller of Brutal Truth album has furthered their sound and moved the goalposts for the whole damn genre in the process. Now bassist, founding member and extreme metal champion Dan Lilker approaches his 50th birthday, he's stepping back from music and his baby - Brutal Truth - will be no more.

"When the band returned in 2006, it was Obscene Extreme the following year that welcomed them back as very personification of the festival. Now, seven years later we'll bid them farewell with one final performance. Obscene Extreme 2014 – this promises to be unforgettable!!!

"Another band that will be stepping out onto the Obscene Extreme stage this year will be fathers of the German death metal scene, the mighty Morgoth. Originally split in 1998 after only three albums - the coffin-lid hammering of 1991's ‘Cursed,’ 1993's forward-thinking ‘Odium’ and their most divisive albums ever, 1995's post-punk ‘Feel Sorry For The Fanatic.’ More...

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Brutal Truth Posts New Music Video

Brutal Truth has teamed up with Terrorizer.com to release a new music video for "The Stroy," which can be seen below.

The track comes off Brutal Truth's split with Bastard Noise titled "The Axiom of Post Inhumanity." The entire split can be heard at this location.

In related news, Dan Lilker recently announced he would be retiring from music later this year. Read the full statement right here.

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Dan Lilker Retiring From Music This Year

Dan Lilker of Brutal Truth has checked in with the following announcement about retiring from music:

"I regret to inform Brutal Truth fans that as of October 18th, 2014, I will be retiring from being a full time recording and touring musician.

"That date is my 50th birthday, so I chose it symbolically as a significant milestone to make such a weighty decision. As a lot of you know, I've been an active member of the metal scene since the early 80s with the thrash metal bands I've been in before the formation of Brutal Truth in 1990, and I'm simply just tired of the rigors of touring mostly.

"Unlike some of my peers from the 80's who went on to sell millions of records I have always been drawn to extreme underground metal. I don't care about staying in 5 star hotels and having a big cushy tour bus but I am getting tired of squeezing into a van for 8 hours after all these years on the road. I have always played what I believe in and that is been priority #1, but the time has come to have a little bit more stability in my life.

"Brutal Truth will still be active on the touring front until mid-October and will aim to do as much as we can in the next 9 months or so. After that, I will still have creative output with my 2 local bands in Rochester NY, Nokturnal Hellstorm and Blurring and do the occasional project tour, but yes, as of mid-October, Brutal Truth will no longer exist.

"I do realize that will be an extreme disappointment to all the grind freaks out there that have supported this band so rabidly all these years, and your enthusiasm will always have a special place in my heart, but I've made my decision, and I hope everyone can respect that." More...

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Brutal Truth Posts New Music Video "Lottery"

Brutal Truth released a new music video for the track "Lottery," which appeared on the 2011 album "End Time." The footage was filmed between 2009 and 2011 and was directed by David Hall and edited by VHS Skillz.

Check it out here:

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Brutal Truth Releases Split With Bastard Noise

Legendary grindcore godfathers Brutal Truth (covered in our Sunday Old School column earlier this year) and abrasive-noise terrorists Bastard Noise have released their new split, "The Axiom of Post Inhumanity."

Combining over four decades of grinding noise dominance, "The Axiom of Post Inhumanity" is a long overdue pairing of extreme music veterans that is sure to push the limits of even the most masochistic listeners. Check it out in the player below.

Brutal Truth drummer Rich Hoak commented on the collaboration: "Working with Bastard Noise has been an honor! together we have created The Axiom of Post Inhumanity with the specific purpose of frying your brain, so please listen LOUD!!" More...

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Sunday Old School: Brutal Truth

It’s been a while since Sunday Old School has looked at a truly extreme band, and music doesn’t come much more extreme than grindcore. The grindcore movement was doing well by the late eighties in Europe, but America was yet to produce a proper, standout band in the genre. Perhaps the first band to do just that, was Brutal Truth. Brutal Truth was formed in 1990 by bassist/vocalist, Danny Lilker as a side project while he focused his efforts on the thrash metal outfit, Nuclear Assault. He was joined in the endeavour by guitarist, Brent "Gurn" McCarty and drummer, Scott Lewis and it wasn’t long before the trio recorded their first demo, "The Birth of Ignorance." They soon went from three members to four, when they recruited music journalist, Kevin Sharp to become their new vocalist, allowing Lilker to focus his attention on playing bass. They performed when possible, eventually attracting the attention of grindcore home, Earache Records, who offered the band a record deal, as well as Lilker’s escape route from Nuclear Assault, who he had grown distant from.

Brutal Truth recorded their first album, "Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses," which was hailed immediately as an instant classic in the still burgeoning grindcore genre and in 2009, was voted the best American grindcore album of all time by Terrorizer magazine. The album spawned music videos for the songs, "Ill Neglect" and "Collateral Damage," the latter earning the group a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records for the shortest music video ever, clocking in at only four seconds. They soon hit the road to support the record, perhaps most notably when they teamed up with three of the biggest names in British extreme metal, Carcass, Cathedral and grindcore godfathers, Napalm Death for a North American tour, before heading to Europe with Fear Factory. More...

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Dan Lilker To Compose Music For New Short Film

Veteran bassist Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, Nokturnal Hellstorm, etc.) has signed on to compose original music for "Seed to Son," a sci-fi horror short in pre-production in Rochester, NY.

The filmmakers are currently raising funds for the short via kickstarter, where you can find more information about the film and see a teaser featuring music by Lilker. Check it out right here.

Lilker has previously worked with director Mark A. Zuniga on the quirky short Red Balloon 2, available at YouTube.

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Tiamat And More Added To Eindhoven Bill

This years edition of the the Eindhoven Metal Meeting will take place from December 12th - 14th, 2013.

The festival's organizers have now checked in with the following announcement about adding more bands to the bill:

"Tiamat, Elvenking featuring Martin Walkyier's Skyclad, Brutal Truth, In Solitude, The Rotted, Centurian, entrapment and Sound Storm have been added to our bill!

"Get your tickets through our official website here." More...

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Brutal Truth Adds More Shows

Brutal Truth has announced a run of summer and fall European festival appearances and tour dates. Kicking off July 24th at Metal Camp in Slovenia, the grind veterans will perform a string of 10 dates before heading back in September for another run. A complete listing of dates is included below, with more to be announced shortly.

Brutal Truth released last full-length "End Time" in 2011. That album along with numerous other Brutal Truth releases is available for streaming via Bandcamp here. The band also recently remixed a track from "End Time" featuring numerous guests, which will be released in the near future via Relapse as a split with powerviolence vets Bastard Noise. Details on this split will be announced shortly.

Brutal Truth's Danny Lilker comments: "Brutal Truth is psyched to head back over to Europe this summer to grind! We hope to see all the grindfreaks coming out to witness the mayhem. SMOKE GRIND SLEEP."

Dan O'hare adds, "I can't wait to get out and play brand new songs from our upcoming release for all the sick grindfreaks in Europe. This will be my first summer festival tour as the new guitarist in Brutal Truth and I can barely contain my inner grind animal! Grind until you're dead!" More...

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Behexen And Woe Added To Incubate Fest

Behexen and Woe have been added to the already extensive lineup for the Dutch Incubate festival, which takes place this coming September. Full details and tickets can be found at this location.

Other bands playing Incubate include Immortal, Mayhem, Gehenna, Khold, Tulus, Chaos Invocation, Dragged Into Sunlight, Brutal Truth, Worship, and many more. The currently announced lineup is:

Friday September 20th

Immortal
Mayhem
Gehenna (NO)
Behexen
Khold
Woe
Chaos Invocation
Dragged into Sunlight
Brutal Truth
Sonne Adam
Terzij de Horde
Batillus
Heirs
Verbum Verus
Neige Morte
Serpent Noir
Iron Witch
Dead Existence
Grift
Downfall of Gaia
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Link
Age Of Woe More...

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Brutal Truth Gearing Up For Live Shows

The blazed henchmen of grindcore, Brutal Truth, will storm through the Northeast U.S. with two shows next week, and have confirmed the crashing of a round of European metalfests.

Next Saturday, March 16th, Brutal Truth will raid Brooklyn to pummel the Saint Vitus bar with support from Total Fucking Destruction [double Hoak duty!], Psychic Limb, and Hivesmasher, on the way to the Philthadelphia Infest in Philly the next night with Master, Malignancy, Embalmer, Phobia, Cannabis Corpse, and labelmates Devourment.

This Spring and Summer, Brutal Turth will raid European audiences several times, confirmed to hit Stockholm, Sweden on April 18th, followed by participation on Close-Up Magazine’s Båten cruise with Entombed, F.K.Ü., Scar Symmetry, Grave, and others over the following days. July will take the bastards back to Europe once again to slaughter crowds at Metal Days Festival in Slovenia and Stonehenge Fest in Holland.

Brutal Truth assaulted the masses with the monstrous "End Time" LP in September 2011. Stream "End Time" in its entirety at the horde’s official Bandcamp here.

3/16/2013 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Total Fucking Destruction, Psychic Limb, Hivesmasher
3/17/2013 Gunner's Run - Philadelphia, PA @ Philthadelphia Infest w/ Devourment, Master
4/18/2013 Püssy A Go Go - Stockholm, Sweden
4/19/2013 Close-Up Båten cruise w/ Entombed, F.K.Ü., Scar Symmetry, Grave, etc.
7/24/2013 Metal Days Festival - Tolmin, Slovenia w/ Mayhem, In Flames, Exhumed, Meshuggah
7/27/2013 Stonehenge Festival - Steenwijk, Netherlands

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Relapse Releases "Patlapse" Compilation Online

Relapse Records has released a new online compilation in honor of Pat Egan, who recently passed away. The label comments:

"Our hearts go out to our brother Pat Egan and his family. Pat was our Director of Sales for over 10 years and passed away on Monday morning after battling pneumonia. We have created a 20 song sampler to benefit his daughter's college fund. Any and all donations are very much appreciated. RIP Pat, we love and miss you!"

The Dillinger Escape Plan also commented on the compilation:

"On Monday Pat Egan, Relapse records director of sales for the past 10 years, passed away after a struggle with Pneumonia and related complications. Pat was a champion and great friend of Dillinger for years and we are very sad to have lost him. He work very had to get our music out to all you guys and now is your chance to show your appreciation.

"Here is a link to a compilation featuring songs by us and a bunch of other bad ass Relapse artists. All proceeds from the download of this compilation will go towards a college fund for his daughter Katie, a scholar and an athlete with a bright future ahead of her. All of the bands on this compilation have waived their royalties and Relapse is passing through all proceeds from the sale of the comp directly to Pat’s wife and daughter.

"The compilation costs a minimum of $5, but you are welcome to donate more than that if you would. There is no limit on how much you can give."

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 Day Two

Red Fang drew my attention first during day two. Contrary to their name, Red Fang’s bite energized rather than paralyzed the crowd. Although they came from the land of fog and towering trees of Oregon, their riffs were the size of Texas and filled with a gritty quality not unlike the festival’s dusty, trodden paths. Their catchy rhythms, guitar solos and drum fills grabbed the modestly sized audience and injected groove into their stoned bones. With prior SXSW appearances, Red Fang has become a well-recognized force in Austin’s festival circuit. Make sure to check these guys out on their touring supporting the “Murder the Mountains” album.

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FFF 2012 Announces Day Lineup Schedule

AUSTIN, TX (SEPTEMBER 5, 2012) – FUN FUN FUN FEST announced today the daily schedule for the 7th annual festival with Single Day Tickets now on sale for the Fest to be held November 2-4, 2012 at Auditorium Shores in Austin.

Recently reunited legendary hip-hop outfit Run-D.M.C will headline opening night, along with performances from Santigold, seminal L.A. punk group X, Dillon Francis and Twin Sister. Saturday night will feature Girl Talk, Johnny Lydon’s PiL, Refused, A$AP Rocky, Diamond Rugs and more. Closing out the final day of the Fest are sets by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Turbonegro, Etienne De Crecy, and Black Moth Super Rainbow. Check out the complete schedule by day with performance times below. More...

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FFF 2012 Announces Free FFF Nite Shows

The fun officially extends until 2 A.M. at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012. Wristband holders now can attend FFF Nites, the official free after-party series to the 7th annual festival to be held November 2 – 4, 2012 at Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX. The nightly lineup includes Superchunk, Dwarves, Braid, Doug Benson, Surfer Blood, Lucero and more.

Keeping with the spirit of the festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest Founder Graham Williams has assembled a multi-genre lineup that includes Superchunk, Liturgy, Toy Selectah, King Tuff. Brutal Truth, Nachtmystium, Fight Amp and Dwarves are among the heavy acts working the graveyard shift.

Upon leaving Auditorim Shores, fans can resume their Fun Fun Fun Fest experience at venues including The Mohawk, Red 7, Club de Ville, Holy Mountain, The ND, Elysium, The Parish, Beerland, and more.

“We want fans to get the most bang for their buck,” says FFF founder Graham Williams. “With FFF Nites, ticket holders can continue enjoying quality bands late into the night, all for free
with their Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband.” Read below for a list of bands performing. More...

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Earache Releases "World's Shortest Album"

Earache Records is celebrating 25 years of bringing extreme metal to the masses and, as part of the celebrations, has released the "World's Shortest Album," striking fear into the hearts of radio DJs everywhere.

Earache is no stranger to world records, having previously claimed two official Guinness World Records, for the world's shortest single with Napalm Death's "You Suffer," as well as the world's shortest music video with Brutal Truth's "Collateral Damage."

Now, Earache is taking the idea of "shorter, faster, louder" to the extreme, with the shortest, fastest and loudest album around. "Earache: World's Shortest Album" celebrates brevity as an art form, featuring 13 extreme, straight-to-the-point tracks totalling just 87 seconds, smashing the previous 121-second record held by Canadian dance group Chromeo.

The attempt at setting the new record for the world's shortest album has been rejected by Guinness however, which no longer recognizes "world's shortest" records, explaining:

"The nature of competing to make something the 'shortest' by its very nature trivialises the activity being carried out, and Guinness World Records has been forced to reject many claims of this kind. As such, we have been forced to cease listing records for the shortest song, shortest poem and indeed the shortest concert."

"Earache: World's Shortest Album" is still available to the public however, and is out now on iTunes at this location.

The full track listing and times for the album are as follows:

01. Napalm Death - You Suffer (00:04)
02. Napalm Death - Dead (00:05)
03. Napalm Death - Your Achievement (00:06)
04. Wormrot - False Grind Sodomy (00:04)
05. Wormrot - You Suffer But Why Is It My Problem (00:04)
06. Brutal Truth - Collateral Damage (00:04)
07. A.C. - Howard Wulkan's Bald (00:09)
08. Lawnmower Deth - Be Scene Not Heard (00:07)
09. Painkiller - Trailmarker (00:08)
10. Brutal Truth - Blockhead (00:07)
11. Morbid Angel - Bil Ur-Sag #2 Lava (00:06)
12. A.C. - Windchimes Are Gay (00:10)
13. Insect Warfare - Street Sweeper (00:13)

Total running time - 01:27

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Metalenema Radio Show Announces Guest Hosts

No Control Radio's dedicated death/black/thrash metal program Metalenema will air a series of special episodes featuring notable musicians as its guest hosts. The series will kick off Saturday, May 19th, at 10pm CST, with the first episode featuring a playlist and commentary from Vetis Monarch of the Canadian act Weapon. Subsequent episodes in the series will feature Wannes Gubbels of Pentacle on Saturday, June 2nd, and Dan Lilker of Nuclear Assault/Brutal Truth on Saturday, June 16th. More guests will be announced as they are confirmed.

"The mission of these episodes is to have a fully-integrated experience for listeners, rather than just the standard Q&A that most shows feature," states Metalenema host The Undertaker. "We picked people who know metal and have a lot to say on the subject. It's a pleasure to have veterans come on the show and drive the content. Hopefully, we'll get everyone we've approached to take part in this concept." Check out a promo video for Metalenema at this location.

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Brutal Truth Announces European Shows

Brutal Truth has announced a series of upcoming European tour dates this coming June. The currently announced dates are as follows:

Jun. 15 Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhell
Jun. 16 Brugges, Belgium JH Comma
Jun. 17 Clisson, France Hellfest 2012
Jun. 18 Poitiers, France Le Confort Moderne
Jun. 19 Colmar, France Le Grillen
Jun. 20 Bolzano, Italy Rock’n’Roll Club
Jun. 21 Luzern, Switzerland Konzerthaus Schuur
Jun. 21 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Fest

You can also check out Brutal Truth's music video for "Malice/Fuck Cancer" at this location. More...

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Nasum Posts Tour Teaser

You can see Nasum on tour this Spring and Summer in Europe and the U.S. with label-mates Brutal Truth on select dates (U.S. only). For a full list of dates head to the band's official site at this location. You can check out a teaser trailer for the reunion tour below.

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